Drum & Bass/Jungle has always cannibalised itself to move forward
I see producers new and old commenting on the use of sample packs, and its usually along the lines of its hurting drum & bass and music in general.
Not sure if they know that such classics like Origin Unknown – Valley of the Shadows, and Digital’s – Deadline/Gateman were made using many samples from a Sample CD (Future Music cover CD and Reinforced Sample CD respectively).
You think people painstakingly chopped up each break from the original source to write jungle, almost never, they would have either used sample CDs or just chopped from another jungle record.
Drum & Bass/Jungle has always cannibalised itself to move forward.
Producers use Sample Packs to write music, who would have thought?! Yet people hear these great tracks and are moved by them, and have connections that run deep into their past. The only people that get hung up over where samples are from are other producers, and they are not the people that buy your records. Get creative, and forget where the samples come from!
I reached out to people who had purchased one of the sample packs, to see how they were being used and if people were having success with using them.
Since then it’s come to light that some big names have been using the packs with their own successes! (Check Marky using lots of breaks and percussion in his remix)
Feedback from producers success with the sample packs:
“Hi mate, sample pack was SICK, for sure the best i’ve have heard, the quality of the drum processing is absolutely unreal.
I got a track signed on Flexout Audio in which i used your sample pack.”
A big thanks to you and McLeod for all the hard work on these packs. I’ve bought every one you’ve made. Also love the Break one too.
Here’s a bootleg I did using one of the breaks from your pack, I forget which pack tho. It came out as a free download from Blu Saphir (liquid funk label).”
Both of your sample packs are really inspiring and I probably use something from them in most of my tracks.
The biggest success was releasing on BTK’s Dutty Audio label,
I used one of your drum loops there and perhaps something more The track got played by Hype on his Kiss FM show and had a positive feedback by Doc Scott, Cold Fusion, Eastcolours, Teddy Killerz and others”
“I used some samples for a tune that we had signed (to Audio Addict Records)
Thanks for the sounds!”